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Topic: Outlook (06/02/11)
TITLE: Braelyn's Song
By Nadine Clark
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The last week of October 2007 was a day marked with worried anticipation. We received news of the impending delivery of my great- niece Christy's baby. He would be three months too early. A serious complication developed, putting the baby in grave danger. The umbilical cord carrying life’s blood from mother to baby was deteriorating. It was only allowing 20% of the necessary blood flow a baby needs to survive. Christy was told there was 0% survival rate inside or outside of the womb for her baby. She was advised to go home with the expectation the baby would not survive the weekend. The outlook was bleak. Christy needed a miracle.
I happened to be a respite caregiver for two beautiful three year old twins. They were born very early as well. The birth weight of the boys was 1 lb 7oz and 1 lb 10oz, respectively. As I tucked the boys in bed for their nap, I asked the Lord to open up the umbilical cord of Christy’s child and allow it to function as it should. I pleaded He give Christy the same opportunity to parent her child as this couple had. My heart ached as I pulled the covers up. As I was praying, little Samuel spoke up and said, "play number 2 Miss Nadine". He was referring to the CD in his stereo. I turned it on and heard the instrumental version of the Christian song, "Deep and Wide". Deep and wide, deep and wide there's a fountain flowing deep and wide, deep and wide, deep and wide, there's a fountain flowing deep and wide. I felt an assurance God heard my prayer.
Monday came and my niece Lorrie shared the news the cord was now functioning at 40%. Lorrie exact words were," There may not have been blood flowing through that cord, but something was!”. Braelyn Makhi Tucker arrived via caesarean section on Monday evening November 5th 2007. He weighed 12 oz. He was 10 ½ inches long. He was no bigger than a bag of Chocolate chips. He was alive! Braelyn overcame countless medical setbacks. Joyously He was brought home 2 days before Mother’s Day 2008. He continues to thrive despite his small stature and eating difficulties.
There were times when Braelyn was struggling so hard to survive we felt our prayers were selfish. We had come to the crossroad of trusting man or God for his life. Painfully we relinquished him to the care of God. Braelyn ultimately belonged to Him. His days were numbered by God alone.
Braelyn’s existence is a witness of God’s ability to change the bleakest of circumstance. His story is a testimony of God’s involvement in the lives of His children. Our outlook is based on our willingness to believe and trust our Omnipotent God.
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